Air Force Water Polo Travels to Hawaii for WWPA Championships
The 18th -ranked Falcons will be competing in the Western Water Polo Association Championships in Honolulu, HI, hosted by Chaminade University, Nov. 17-19. The league's top eight teams will not only battle for the WWPA title, but also gain the conference's automatic NCAA tournament berth. By winning all three games at the WWPA Championships, the team earns a trip to Malibu, California, for the 2000 National Collegiate Men's Water Polo Championships hosted by Pepperdine University, Dec. 2-3.

Air Force finished its regular season with a 9-6-conference record and a 12-12 overall record. The following is the Falcons' roster for the WWPA Championships:


2000 Air Force Water Polo Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Rank Class Hometown/High School 1 Charles Toth Goalie 6-0 150 C1C Sr. Seabrook, TX/Clear Lake 1A Brandon Shroyer Goalie 6-1 175 C4C Fr San Diego, CA/Scripts Ranch 2 Ben Couchman Driver 5-6 135 C2C Jr. Fullerton, CA/Troy 3 David Breitenbach Driver 5-11 175 C2C Jr. Saratoga, CA/Saratoga 4 George Dingeldein Driver 5-8 160 C4C Fr. Merced, CA/North Campus 5 Chad Simendinger Utility 6-2 180 C1C Sr. Anaheim, CA/Esperanza 6 Brian Hasbrouck 2-Meters 6-0 165 C2C Jr. LaCrescenta, CA/Crescenta Valley 7 Lowell Wallace Driver 6-1 180 C3C So. Glenview, IL/Loyola Academy 8 John Whitehill Utility 6-2 175 C4C Fr. Iolani, HI/Iolani 9 Brent Reimer 2-Meters 6-4 180 C1C Sr. Brea, CA/Brea-Olinda 10 Scott Butler 2-Meters 6-2 190 C4C Fr. Anaheim Hills, CA/Canyon 11 Wade Grabow Driver 6-0 150 C1C Sr. Atwater, CA/Atwater 12 Derek Argel 2-Meters 6-5 208 C1C Sr. Lompoc, CA/Cabrillo 14 Chris Smith 2-Meters 6-0 180 C3C So. South Pasadena, CA/S. Pasadena 15 Micah Peterson 2-Meters 6-2 200 C4C Fr. Clovis, CA/Clovis

Head Coach: Jeff Ehrlich
Assisitant Coach: Captain Neil McCafferty
Officer Representative: Lt. Col. Gerry Sohan
Athletic Trainer: Chrystal Erickson
Athletic Dept. Representative: Jeff Heidmous
Conference Record: 9-6
Overall Record: 12-12
National Ranking: 18
Conference: Western Water Polo Association

Road To the NCAA Tournament- Selection Process for the Championship Game

The 2000 National Collegiate Men's Water Polo Championship will be a four-team, single-elimination tournament (four games), with a loser's bracket to determine places three and four. The Eastern Water Polo Association, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the Western Water Polo Association will provide automatic qualifiers. The remaining team will be selected at-large without geographical restrictions. The following criteria will be utilized (not necessarily in preferential order): won-lost record versus teams selected or seeded above the team being considered; head-to-head competition; end-of-season results (strong or weak finish); and results against common opponents. Once the teams are selected, the NCAA Men's Water Polo Committee will seed the four teams.



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